A TASTEFUL EXPERIENCE: ADDING TEXTURE TO DRINKS

 

Raising The Bar

With the beverage industry rapidly transforming into an experiential-based landscape, drinks have similarly transcended easier, idyllic recipes into menu offerings that encapsulate all of its consumers’ senses. Going beyond contemporary or thematic bar ambiences and fantastical drink executions, the elevation of drink creations has become a necessary factor in serving this purpose. While the resurgence of classic techniques remains popular, the expansion of consumers’ vocabularies and understanding of taste now demands the adoption of contemporary additions. From fusing contrasting flavours to infusing new ingredients, the beverage scene has seen a meticulous boost in the complexity of its curations. Amongst these methods, a simple but significant way to supplement offerings is becoming increasingly common: by adding a bite to their beverages.

 

Take A Bite

However, the concept isn’t particularly new. Textures have been traditionally incorporated into Asian cuisine for a long time – particularly in sweet dessert soups and various beverages. However, this choice requires careful consideration for the drink’s overall and final taste, to ensure the seamless integration of your additions as a complementary component instead of an unconventional ingredient. One of the most notable examples, gelatinous jellies, are used to contribute to a chewier, more savoury finish. Some of the most popular examples include grass jelly and aloe vera, easily found in many an Asian supermarket’s ready-to-drink cans. Because of their mellow, subtly sweet undertones, these are easily compatible with both creamy, rich beverages – like coffee and smoothies – as well as crisper, refreshing drinks – such as juices and floral teas.

 

Fresh In Flavours

Apart from the age-old debate about pulp in fruit juices, the inclusion of unblended and unprocessed fruit has become an innovative measure to intensify a drink’s overall flavour. Introducing these fruits’ refreshing notes effectively cuts through richer drink flavours, while adeptly infusing their health benefits in an artfully appetising manner. To further amplify this tactic, the addition of fruits with seeds left intact – such as those found in passion fruits, dragonfruits and pomegranates – serve to add a layered complexity, increasing both the drink’s viscosity levels and overall flavour palette. Paired with mellow refreshments, these ingredients supply your final recipe with a varied mix, elevating the consumption experience. For ideas on picking the perfect drink texture, here are some textured treats to try your hand at.

Aloe Basil Fizz

Ingredients

  • 20ml MONIN Cucumber syrup
  • 100ml soda water
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 20g diced aloe vera
  • 3nos basil leaves
  • 4 drops saline solution

Garnish

  • Cucumber slice
  • Basil top leaf spring

 

 

Preparation

  • Add MONIN Cucumber syrup, lemon juice, basil leaves, and saline solution into a shaker
  • Add ice and shake well
  • Fine strain into a highball glass
  • Add aloe vera and ice
  • Top up with soda water
  • Garnish to serve